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Casa Rio

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430 E. Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
+1 210-225-6718
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Ada, Oklahoma
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fajitas were amazing Rice was great Quaso dip was great The cascades were the worst thing we had, and they were great! And the bad played for us, it was awesome.

Thank Tre L
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The food, service and atmosphere were all excellent. I also enjoyed the music. I would recommend this restaurant.

Thank LesThomp
Hanover, KS
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in for a rest and some drinks. Then, an appetizer and then dinner. Our waiter was excellent and the food was great. I would recommend this one. Very affordable.

Thank 748bonniem
Oak Lawn, Illinois
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Overall my experience at this restaurant was great. The service was a bit slow and it took a while before my food was served. Great Margaritas!

Thank telha2017
Carlsbad, California
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445 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Casa Rio opened in 1946 and it is a very popular place right on The Riverwalk near The Alamo. They don't take reservations so it can be a long wait for a table. We had to wait around one hour on a Friday night but there is a bar so you can have a drink while waiting. The food was... More 

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Parker, Colorado
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I believe this is one of the oldest restaurants on The Riverwalk. They have a pretty large seating area outside right next to the river. The food was good. I tried the Chicken Poblano Soup, it had a good flavor. however, the Chili Con Carne was really good with it deep rich flavor. We got the traditional margarita and it... More 

Thank Chris A
Duluth, Minnesota
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Sadly not great food. Long wait for food. Chicken tacos were left on the plate. Not good. Beautiful setting. Maybe another selection would have been better

Thank Mark S
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The most reasonable price dinner, we had while on the river view and it was pretty good $60.00 including tip for two beers one soda appetizer and three meal. I would definitely go again

Thank Kathleen V
Arlington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food good. Wait staff courteous. Food arrived hot, delicious and worth the wait. Price reasonable. Thanks so much!

Thank Michele C
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Thank you! Glad you enjoyed! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a combination plate consisting of refried beans, rice, chalupa and taco. The meal was good and the atmosphere was great we ate inside but could view the River Walk and we had a Mariachi band in the restaurant taking requests at your table for songs which they would sing and play.

Thank Ronald O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 430 E. Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 210-225-6718
Over the centuries, all who found their way to this area have been blessed by the river and the abundance of life that its water has provided. For the native American hunters and gatherers, the numerous deer, bear, mountain lions, alligators, raccoons, squirrels, cats, coyote and javelinas provided ample meat along with fish and water fowl.

The Spaniards, exploring their way north out of Mexico through deserts and semi-arid South Texas, found the timber, fertile soil, and clear water well suited for their purposes of settlement and colonization. The river, first named St. Anthony de Padua, was soon diverted into channels and acequias for irrigation of fields and household use.

The first bridge built to span the river was here at Commerce Street. The priests at the Alamo were afraid the easy access by the soldiers from the garrison would endanger the women of the mission. The bugle call of "El Deguello", from Santa Anna's army came from these banks. It signaled, no quarters, utter destruction, and no mercy for the defenders of the Alamo.

As the mission period gave way to a more established society, the river was used for numerous bath houses natatoriums, breweries, and mills. San Antonio began a romance with the river with festivals, fairs, parties and picnics on the banks.

The restaurant founded in 1946 by Alfred F. Beyer, sits on land first granted title in 1777 by the King of Spain. The Spanish Colonial period hacienda became the core of the new business. The cedar door and window lintels, the fireplace, and thick rock walls, are still evident inside the building.

Casa Rio was the first San Antonio business to open its doors to the River and take advantage of the River's setting. Canoes, gondolas, and paddle boats, evolving into tour and dinner boats, began here and helped create the Riverwalk of today.

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